Longmont Man Charged with First-degree Murder in Brother’s Stabbing
A Longmont man accused of stabbing his brother and a dog to death on Monday has been charged with first-degree murder.
Daniel Lopez, 29, also was charged with felony menacing and aggravated animal cruelty at a formal filing of charges in Boulder District Court Thursday.
Lopez, who appeared in custody, did not speak Thursday morning and his attorney Amanda Bailache decided not to address bond at this hearing.
He is now set for a hearing on Nov. 29 before Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman to determine if there is enough evidence to move the case to trial and to continue to hold Lopez at the Boulder County Jail without bond.
Police say a witness saw Lopez stab and kill his brother Thomas “TJ” Lopez outside their home in the 300 block of South Francis Street at around 11:30 a.m. Monday.
According to an affidavit , a neighbor told police he went to the Lopezes’ home to talk with Thomas Lopez and noticed blood splattered on the porch. Daniel Lopez answered the door and said his brother was not there, but while walking away the witness said he heard Thomas Lopez scream and turned to see Daniel Lopez chasing him out of their home with a large “combat knife.”
The witness told police Daniel Lopez stabbed his brother repeatedly while they ran and then on the ground when they both fell. Two neighbors came out of their home and tried to stop him, but Lopez stood up and walked away from the scene and swung the knife once at a witness.
Daniel Lopez was arrested shortly after police arrived.
It’s not clear exactly what the argument was about, but police said they believe the brothers were fighting over who had stabbed a dog, named Delilah. Police found the dog dead in a city dumpster.
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